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Ocean Engineering

Who is an Ocean Engineer?

Ocean Engineers work closely with Marine Biologists, geologists and geophysicists to design equipment which is needed for marine research. Ocean Engineering is a diverse field, where the aim is to solve engineering problems related to the Ocean Environment.

What does an Ocean Engineer do?

The responsibility of an Ocean Engineer extends from building dams and reservoirs to micro-level engineering of diverse structures, equipment, and constructions that help in underwater exploration and sustain marine life.

What are the skills required?

The role of an Ocean Engineer is to have in-depth knowledge and practical ideas of maritime engineering and offshore engineering. The skills required to become an Ocean Engineer are:

  • A vivid interest in Science and Technology.

  • Practical and technical skills related to engineering.

  • Problem-solving ability.

  • Teamwork and leadership capability.

  • Adaptability.

Top colleges offering courses on Ocean Engineering

Ocean Engineering offers highly rewarding career opportunities and is a leading platform for Higher Education in India. Before pursuing any field, you should have the right Career Guidance and we have extensively covered every field for you to make an informed decision, and choose the right field as your Higher Education in India.

The topmost colleges offering a degree in Ocean Engineering are:

  • Indian Maritime University, Chennai

  • Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras

  • Vels Academy of Maritime Studies, Chennai

  • International Maritime Institute, Noida

  • Institute of Technology and Maritime Engineering, Kolkata

  • Tolani Maritime Institute, Mumbai

To join Ocean Engineering, candidates need to have 10+2 level or similar education, with Chemistry, Physics, English, and Maths as their core subjects. Many students choose Ocean Engineering as their preferred Higher Education In India and Entrance examinations like IIT JEE are conducted all over India for admissions.

Bachelor's degree program teaches the students about the ocean environment and various methods of research such as the implementation and construction of marine systems. Bachelors of Technology(B.Tech) is awarded on the successful completion of the undergraduate program. 

After Graduation, career guidance and counselling are important for you, so that you can strategize future plans and have fixed goals in place. Post Graduate programs require a candidate to qualify and pass the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam. Post Graduate offers an extensive study of the dynamics, wave oscillation and coastal engineering. Many students are employed by the government on the successful completion of their program.

Career Scope

Ocean Engineering is a lucrative career as their services are sought after by both government and private agencies in India as well as overseas. Ocean Engineering is a mix of mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering, with a basic understanding of the dynamics of how an Ocean works. An Ocean Engineer possesses a diverse skillset and knowledge which makes them suitable for various fields.

Marine metals and corrosion, offshore oil retrieval, marine research, environment sustenance, global climate informant and Naval Architecture and Defense are some of the Industries that employ Ocean Engineers. The growth and the position you are given varies, but a rough career hierarchy which is followed in most organization is given below:

  • Jr Engineer or 5th Engineer: Employed as part of the training period.

  • 4th Engineer: After successful completion of training

  • 3rd Engineer: After gaining good experience and performance leading to promotion.

  • 2nd Engineer: Years of experience and great performance on-site.

  • Chief Engineer: Responsible and leading an entire team.

You can also avail in other private sectors including academic and research sectors.

How much does an Ocean Engineer make?

An entry-level Ocean Engineer with experience of less than a year can expect an average of Rs 48,000 per month. Ocean Engineer with more than five years of experience can earn an average of Rs 98,869 per month and with an experience of ten years and more, one can expect around Rs 1,00,000 per month according to estimates taken from payscale.

What are the books and study materials available?

To become an Ocean Engineer, one needs to have a thorough knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. Cracking IIT JEE admissions exams are difficult and you need to prepare and study beforehand. The following books and study materials will help you get a basic grasp of Ocean Engineering:

  • Mock tests available online

  • NCERT syllabus of class 11th and 12th

  • Study material available by prestigious institutes

  • Consult your seniors (who have already given such exams) for guidance

  • Previous year question papers (JEE)

Some popular books are O.P. Tandon for Physical Chemistry, P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons) for Numerical chemistry. Concept of Physics by HC Verma (Vol 1, Vol 2); Problems In General Physics by IE Irodov. IIT Mathematics, M.L. Khanna; Trigonometry, S L Loney; Calculus & Analytic Geometry, Thomas & Finney.

Major Recruiters

The government recruits Ocean Engineers for various positions in the Merchant Navy and other suitable fields. The other major recruiters are:

  • Elcome Marine Services Pvt Limited

  • Oceaneering International

  • Aveva Group

  • STE Engineering

  • Sustainable Marine Energy Private Limited

Interesting Facts

The oldest form Of Ocean Engineering is Naval Architecture. Naval Architecture is the construction and design of watercraft including boats, ships and even submarines.